Lebanon News

Judge refers bombing cases to Judicial Council

Lebanese Army investigators, inspect the scene a day after two explosions have struck near the Iranian embassy, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghayda Monday referred two bombing cases to the Judicial Council, in line with the Cabinet's decision to transfer such cases from the military's judicial system to the civilian one.

Abu Ghayda issued a decision saying that the military judiciary did not have jurisdiction over two of the cases he presided over - the twin suicide attacks against the Iranian embassy in Beirut, which took place on Nov. 19, 2013, and the Jan. 16 bombing in the northeastern town of Hermel.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s government has agreed to transfer the bombing cases from the Military Tribunal to the Judicial Council, which will, along with Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi, appoint judicial investigators and other judges to preside over them.

Last week, Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr asked judges overseeing cases of bombings that have taken place since June of last year to hand over their files to him or refer them directly to the Judicial Council.





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